American Legend was just found dead at home, please keep his family in your prayers.
Known for writing some of the best plays around, A.R. Gurney, has died at the age of 86. His agent, Jonathan Lomma, confirmed the news saying that he passed a way on Tuesday June 13th but gave no cause of death.
Some of his most successful pieces were the plays “Love Letters” and “The Cocktail Hour.” Gurney was from Buffalo, New York and he often wrote about his hometown’s upper-class culture and what it was like growing up there.
“His plays were praised for their witty observations regarding the decline of the upper-class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant group in the United States.”
In 1987 he made his Broadway debut with his play “Sweet Sue.” Shortly after is when his biggest successes came along. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama for “Love Letters.” The play even opened on Broadway in 1989!
Regardless of his successes, Gurney always stayed loyal to his hometown. Till the day he died he would tell people that Buffalo was the heart of his life. He may not have grown up the best way, but he wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Buffalo made him the great play writer that he was and he was always thankful for that place.
“Buffalo was the heart of my life,” he told the Buffalo News in 1987.
One of his most recent plays was produced in 2015, called “Family Furniture.” which was produced in 2015.
He was also a prolific writer of novels. Gurney has written four novels in his lifetime and fans really respected his whit and creativity.
Gurney is survived by his wife, the former Molly Goodyear, and four children. Please keep them in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one.
RIP A.R. Gurney.